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Indie Power Pop Group the dB’s Return!

Issue 208Disciples of Sound

In the press run-up to the band’s induction into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in June 2024, R.E.M. made regular mention of the impact that the eclectic indie power pop...

Chris Berardo Lets it Rock With Wilder all the ...

Issue 207Disciples of Sound

Chances are that if you saw the Doobie Brothers, The Marshall Tucker Band, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, or America in the last 30 years, you saw Chris Berardo open...

Catching Up With The Immediate Family (the Band...

Issue 207Disciples of Sound

Since we last Zoomed with them for an interview and article (in Issue 142, July 2021) , The Immediate Family has been busier than ever. A documentary on the band...

Little Feat Keeps On Rolling With Their Upcomin...

Issue 206Disciples of Sound

Little Feat has always been a “musicians’ musicians” band. Across a more than 50-year history, they have mixed masterful musicianship with a blend of music that is impossible to define....

Singer/Songwriter Mat Kearney: Everything Left ...

Issue 206Disciples of Soundweb-2517

18 years ago, the world was introduced to Mat Kearney through his breakthrough single “Nothing Left To Lose.” It was a song so perfectly written and performed that it almost...

The Inveniem Company: Dedicated to Preserving a...

Issue 205Disciples of Sound

On his recent appearance on The Howard Stern Show, Bruce Springsteen commented on how difficult it would be for him to launch his career today; that the structure of the...

Steve Conte and The Concrete Jangle: The Sound ...

Issue 204Disciples of Sound

There are certain artists who just define what a New York City rock song should sound like. These songs have attitude and grit, but find a way to sparkle and...

Terry Adams of NRBQ Reissues Terrible: An Album...

Issue 203Disciples of Sound

It took NRBQ keyboardist and founding member Terry Adams over 30 years to release his first solo album. After completing work on the Robert Altman film Short Cuts, he was...

The Rumble: Keeping the Funk Going, New Orleans...

Issue 202Disciples of Sound

In case you missed it, funk is back and may be poised to be even stronger than it was in the 1970s. Ignited by a connection to the jam band...

Deko Entertainment: Moving Rock's Legacy Forwar...

Issue 200Disciples of Sound

When Gene Simmons of the band KISS said that “Rock is dead” in 2014, it sent shock waves throughout the industry. He later clarified his comments by saying that new...

Deko Entertainment: Moving Rock's Legacy Forward

Disciples of Sound

When Gene Simmons of the band KISS said that “Rock is dead” in 2014, it sent shock waves throughout the industry. He later clarified his comments by saying that new...

Juliana Hatfield Sings ELO: Illuminating the Mu...

Issue 194Disciples of Sound

Five years ago, singer/songwriter Juliana Hatfield embarked on a project that she had thought would be a one-off. She did a tribute record, covering the music of Olivia Newton-John. After...

Monster Mike Welch: Playing the Blues With Noth...

Issue 193Disciples of Sound

If at the age of 13, you are so good at guitar that actor/”Blues Brother” Dan Aykroyd gives you the nickname “Monster Mike,” it must mean that musical fame is...

The Midnight Callers: A New York City Call to Rock

Issue 191Disciples of Sound

If Steve Van Zandt didn’t have his own record label you would swear that he was directly involved in curating Jem Records’ current roster of artists. All of them present...

Singer/Songwriter Parker Millsap Explores the W...

Issue 189Disciples of Sound

With all the attention given to the legacy of Elvis Presley over the last few years, it’s no surprise that some of that has spilled over to artists who in...

Ivan Neville: Carrying on the Family Musical Torch

Issue 187Disciples of Sound

It’s safe to say that the Nevilles are probably New Orleans’ first family of music. Art “Poppa Funk” Neville was vocalist and keyboardist with the Meters, the seminal New Orleans...

Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats: Pushing the Musi...

Issue 185Disciples of Sound

I recently received a CD in the mail from an established artist who wanted me to review it for another outlet I contribute to. What struck me as I popped...

Kenny Wayne Shepherd: Revisiting His Landmark B...

Issue 183Disciples of Sound

The most impactful blues artists have always been able to transcend the genre by seamlessly ushering in outside influences that add colors and texture to a foundation that is timeless...

NRBQ: Not Playing Around With Tiddlywinks

Issue 182Disciples of Sound

NRBQ has always been a band that rock insiders considered to be the best in the game. Founded in 1966 as the New Rhythm and Blues Quartet, they have had...

An Interview with Kelly Hansen of Foreigner: Fe...

Issue 181Disciples of Sound

Foreigner burst onto the rock scene in 1976 with songs and a sound that were unlike anything else. There was an energy to the music and a depth of production...

Ryan Hamilton: A Wicked Cool Rocker

Issue 180Disciples of Sound

When Huey Lewis and The News sang “the heart of rock n roll is still beating” back in 1984, rock was arguably in its strongest position ever. FM rock radio...

The Cowsills: The Family That Plays Together, S...

Issue 179Disciples of Sound

Few bands became part of the fabric of American music more quickly than The Cowsills. Discovered in their home town of Newport, Rhode Island in 1967 by a producer for...

Eric Gales: A Blues Guitar Force of Nature

Issue 178Disciples of Sound

The only people who don’t think being nominated for a Grammy is still a big deal are those not being nominated for a Grammy. This is particularly true when you...

John Lodge: Days of Future Passed and Present

Issue 177Disciples of Sound

When the Moody Blues released their follow-up to their 1965 debut album, the cover song-centric The Magnificent Moodies (released in the US as Go Now – The Moody Blues #1),...

Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket: There I...

Issue 176Disciples of Sound

When Toad The Wet Sprocket released their 1994 masterpiece, Dulcinea, the band’s front man and songwriter Glen Phillips was considered to be one of those voices that would carry rock...

Dave Mason: Timeless Music in a World of Changes

Issue 175Disciples of Sound

One of the first albums that my older brother Brian handed down to me was Dave Mason’s 1970 solo debut, Alone Together. It was a remarkable record both musically and...

Steven Page (Formerly of Barenaked Ladies): Soa...

Issue 174Disciples of Sound

Barenaked Ladies (BNL) is a Canadian rock band that helped define the 1990s. As a rock outfit they found a way to marry musicianship and humor in a manner that...

Simple Minds’ Jim Kerr: Following the Direction...

Issue 173Disciples of Sound

Some music sounds as fresh today as it did the moment it was first released. This has always been the case with Simple Minds. Their sound has always had muscle...

David Libert: A Rock and Roll Warrior Tells All...

Issue 172Disciples of Sound

When it comes to rock and roll excess, tales from the rock tours of the 1970s rarely disappoint. It was an era defined as much by the music and live...

Collective Soul: Rocking On With Limitless Passion

Issue 172Disciples of Sound

Collective Soul burst on to the rock scene in 1993 with the single “Shine” from their debut album Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid. It was a remarkable record from...

Duncan Sheik: From Barely Breathing to Broadway...

Issue 170Disciples of Sound

Some of the most interesting paths in music (and in life for that matter) come with winding turns and heading into peaks and valleys. Few know that better than Duncan...

Tommy Emmanuel: Casting a Spell on Guitar

Issue 169Disciples of Sound

When guitar great Chet Atkins names you as one of only five guitarists he considers a “Certified Guitar Player,” you know that you have reached the top of your game....

The Harlequins: A Cincinnati Band Has Plenty to...

Issue 168Disciples of Sound

In 1984, On July 4th weekend, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band made their second stop on the “Born in the U.S.A.” tour. It had begun with three dates...

Richie Furay: Buffalo Springfield and Poco Foun...

Issue 167Disciples of Sound

In the promotional trailer for the forthcoming documentary on the life of musician Richie Furay, narrator Cameron Crowe says, “unlike his bandmates and those he influenced who attained international stardom...

A Visit to Legendary Jazz Club Arthur’s Tavern

Issue 166Disciples of Sound

Arthur’s Tavern is one of those New York City gems that have always been among the city’s best-kept secrets. It opened in 1937 as a speakeasy just after the end of...

The Zombies: As Alive as Ever

Issue 165Disciples of Sound

In 2019 when the Zombies took the stage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to accept their induction and then perform a few of their biggest hits, they did so with an absolute joy that...

Styx: 50 Years and Still Going Strong

Issue 164Disciples of Sound

Last summer rock legends Styx came to Connecticut and headlined on a bill with REO Speedwagon, and opened a brand-new venue, the Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater in Bridgeport. It was a popular pairing...

The Muffs’ Ronnie Barnett: Really Really Happy ...

Issue 163Disciples of Sound

You probably know the Muffs from their 1995 cover of the song “Kids in America,” originally done by Kim Wilde in 1982. It added a bit of roar to the Clueless soundtrack,...

Jack Tempchin: Songwriter to the Stars

Issue 162Disciples of Sound

There are a thousand reasons why Jack Tempchin is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Of course, some of these reasons are tied to the timeless tunes he has written...

Like a Picasso: Bonnie Pointer’s Lost Album, Re...

Issue 161Disciples of Sound

The Pointer Sisters were a musical force of nature. Across 20 years beginning in the 1970s they released fifteen albums, delivered 13 top twenty hits, and won three Grammys. Songs...

The Handcuffs: This Band Just Might Save Rock A...

Issue 160Disciples of Sound

The lead single off of The Kinks’ 1978 album Misfits was “Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy.” In the song Ray Davies sings, “The King is dead, rock is done. You might be through,...

Still Got the Knack: Rock Bassist Prescott Niles

Issue 159Disciples of Sound

The Knack officially arrived on the scene in June of 1979 and set the music world on fire with their mesmerizing rocker “My Sharona.” It was Capitol Records’ fastest Gold record debut...

Ann Wilson: From Heart to Fierce Bliss

Issue 158Disciples of Sound

It is sometimes rare to find established artists who have something new to say, something new to prove, or some new creative impulse they simply have to share. Ann Wilson...

The Beatles and India: the Documentary

Issue 157Disciples of Sound

This year The Beatles: Get Back documentary caught the eye of even casual fans. Over last year’s holiday break I found myself interrupting so many people who were watching it...

Duke Robillard: Rhythm and Blues Master

Issue 156Disciples of Sound

The Rhode Island blues scene has been remarkably vibrant for decades, with a rich history rooted in jazz, folk, and swing. At the center of that modern day universe is...

Gideon King & City Blog: Fusing Rock, Jazz,...

Issue 155Disciples of Sound

Rock’s great guitarists have often been renaissance men; artists who allow their creative spirit to be expressed across a variety of platforms and endeavors. Jeff Beck and the late Danny...

Eddie Berman: Broken English Puts it All Together

Issue 154Disciples of Sound

When Van Morrison released Veedon Fleece in 1974 he introduced the world to something quite new. Fresh off his divorce from first wife Janet Rigsbee and onto a new relationship with fiancé...

Marshall Crenshaw: Songwriting Mastery Revisite...

Issue 153Disciples of Sound

Marshall Crenshaw’s career began in perhaps the most poetic of fashion – he played John Lennon in the Broadway musical Beatlemania. From there his career was propelled with a steady stream of...

Hollis Brown’s In the Aftermath: A New Take on...

Issue 152Disciples of Sound

My friend Ed and I have talked often about how the Rolling Stones have been able to tour for almost fifty years largely on the backs of four albums: Exile on...

Richrath Project 3:13: Bringing Back REO Speedw...

Issue 149Disciples of Sound

For some time now I’ve felt that Gary Richrath has been largely overlooked by the rock guitar universe for the contributions he made to modern music. As a founding member...